IU Expert Says ACA Ruling Is A Win For Indiana

Jun 25, 2015

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The health insurance market in Indiana will remain unchanged after the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The 6-to-3 ruling in the King v. Burwell case leaves in place the federal subsidies provided to taxpayers who buy health insurance through the federal healthcare exchange.

Those challenging the law argued the subsidies were designed to go only to those who buy insurance through state-run exchanges.

Indiana and 33 other states don‘t have their own exchanges, instead opting to have the federal government run the program.

IU professor of health economics and policy Kosali Simon says a ruling the other way would have left many without insurance.

"The projections were that there would be something like 8 million people who would end up dropping health insurance because they would find the prices rise a lot," she says.

Simon says the ruling means Indiana has a much easier path forward for Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.